I'm attempting to split a large library of approx 8,000 items into 4 seperate folders in the same (current) library.

Each group of 2,000 items will be 1GB+.

Are there limits to how much data can be transferred using site content and structure? Will it time out?

Note: This is pertaining to MOSS 2007

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This Technet document gives details on the limitations (& effects on performance) for SharePoint 2007 document libraries - Plan for software boundaries.

As stated in the above link - a document library can have 5 million per library (using nested folders, standard views & site hiearchy). The limitations to occurs due to the number of items per view (at ~2000). So customization of views may be needed.

Here's a summary of the limitations - SharePoint 2007 Maximum Limits.

UPDATE: One can use the SharePoint 2007 feature of 'Work with site content and structure' to handle the files. I recollect encountering performance degradation as the number of nested folders increase (i.e, deeper site hiearchy are more prone to performance issues). Regarding time-outs - it would vary based on your environment and the file-types and the number of files (some test runs may help - for e.g., a target folder at a time). There are commercial tools that can help with the migration and also one can develop scripts to do the same.

  • Thanks @SB-Chatterjee but that's not really what I asked. I'm asking how much data can be transferred using the site content and structure tool. I'm already aware of the limits, that's why I'm trying to split the libraries/lists.
    – Nealbo
    Commented Jun 21, 2012 at 10:35
  • I have updated my response above. Commented Jun 21, 2012 at 13:52

Max allowed is 2GB per item, it should not time out.

Instead of doing using Site content and Structure, you can do it by opening the list with the Windows Explorer and transfer the data which is easy and fast process.

  • I agree, I would use Windows Explorer View
    – Erin L
    Commented Sep 29, 2015 at 20:14

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